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Growing Up Resilient: Ways to Build Resilience in Children and Youth

Resilience is an important aspect of mental well-being.

The authors consider the development of resilience at three levels: individual, family and environmental. Tips follow each section.

Bouncing back from today’s stresses is one of the best life skills children and youth can develop. Growing Up Resilient is a must-read for adults (including parents, teachers and front-line workers) who want to increase resilience in the children and youth in their lives.

Growing Up Resilient has been awarded Curriculum Services Canada's Seal of Quality, recommending it as a reference for educators and others who work or volunteer in schools.

Table of Contents / PDF version

About the authors / PDF version


1 The power of resilience / PDF version

  • Approaching resilience
  • Current thinking and practice
  • About the book

2 Understanding resilience / PDF version

  • Resilience
  • Mental health
  • Mental health promotion
  • Mental health problems and resilience
  • Risk and protective factors
  • The development of resilience

3 Enhancing resilience: Individual factors

  • Developmental transitions
  • Key individual factors affecting resilience
  • Temperament
  • Learning strengths
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Self-concept
  • Ways of thinking
  • Adaptive skills
  • Social skills
  • Physical health
  • Summary

4 Enhancing resilience: Family factors

  • The importance of family
  • Key family factors affecting resilience
  • Attachment
  • Communication
  • Family structure
  • Parent relations
  • Parenting style
  • Sibling relations
  • Parents’ health
  • Support outside the family
  • Summary

5 Enhancing resilience: Environmental factors

  • Social determinants of resilience
  • Key environmental factors affecting resilience
  • Inclusion: Having a sense of belonging
  • Social conditions: Society promoting resilience
  • Access: Systems promoting resilience
  • Involvement: Youth’s participation in the world around them





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